Aaron Rodgers going down on Monday hurt many fantasy teams at the wrong time. Not that there's ever a right time for an elite fantasy quarterback to succumb to injury. But with only four or five weeks to go before fantasy football playoffs, this is the worst time for Rodgers to be sidelined by a multi-week injury.
It was painfully obvious that the Green Bay offense was not going to be running anywhere near to the fine tuned machine it is with Rodgers at the controls. Seneca Wallace was very limited and checked down to Andrew Quarless too many times. With James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Jarrett Boykin, he had the weapons to do some damage. Green Bay instead has probably turned into more of a run-first offensive attack with Eddie Lacy and James Starks. Wallace is not the answer for you, whether you're looking for a sub for Rodgers or another injured starting quarterback.
Two players that should be on your radar as replacements are Nick Foles and Case Keenum. Let's first look at Nick Foles. He's only owned in 10 percent of ESPN leagues, which is not too surprising after he laid that egg against Dallas in Week 7. He gets a pretty decent matchup against Green Bay this weekend. As we've frequently seen this season, the Packers are missing a pass rush. Chicago took advantage and was able to complete some big pass plays. I think Foles will be able to exploit Green Bay this week and have a nice follow up game. He's not going to have another seven touchdowns but expect about 300 yards and three touchdowns.
Case Keenum looks to be the future of the Houston Texans. Against the Colts, he came out aggressive and hooked up with his number one receiver in Andre Johnson. His mobility certainly helped to escape the pressure from the Indianapolis front line. The second half of the game was a different story. Gary Kubiak was no longer calling the plays and Houston looked as though they wanted to sit on their lead instead of aggressively protecting it with Keenum. I really like what I saw from the young gunslinger. There have been many comparisons to Tony Romo and I'm not sure if I completely agree with them just yet. I do agree that he can make things happen when a play starts to break down. I also agree that Keenum does like to go for a big play instead of safer checkdowns.
Keenum and the Texans will travel to Arizona to play a Cardinals defense coming off a bye and possessing a strong secondary. I'm lowering my expectations for Case Keenum in this game. I believe Houston will rely on their ground game more and have Case take his shots occasionally. He'll probably end up with 270 yards and two touchdowns.
My sleeper of the week is Jake Locker. Tennessee just received their occasional big tease game from CJ0K and that is usually followed by Johnson putting up a dud. The Titans passing game with Locker's guidance will dominate the helpless Jaguars. Locker is in the perfect position to post a solid fantasy score in Week 10.
Listed below are the top five quarterbacks for passing touchdowns:
And the top five quarterbacks for passing yards:
1. Peyton Manning - 2,919
2. Drew Brees - 2,672
3. Matthew Stafford - 2,617
4. Andy Dalton - 2,587
5. Tony Romo - 2,553
Quick Notes: Green Bay may sign Matt Flynn if they are sure he is healthy. Flynn would be a good fit since he is familiar with their offensive system and had past success running it.......Aaron Rodgers is currnetly considered game-to-game in his availability. In reality, it's expected that he'll be out at least until the Packers take on Detroit in their Thanksgiving Day game.......Green Bay promoted Scott Tolzien to their active roster from the practice squad........Terrelle Pryor is considered day-today with his knee injury. Watch his practice status during the week to see if he'll start against the Giants.......Buffalo will evaluate EJ Manuel during the week to make sure he's ready to play and start against Pittsburgh.......Nick Foles has not been named the permanent starter for Philadelphia.......Christian Ponder will start the Thursday night game for Minnesota against Washington.......Tony Romo threw over 50 passes in the Week 9 win over Minnesota......Jason Campbell has bruised ribs. The bye week will let Campbell heal up a bit.
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